Prime Minister Victor Ponta has been accused of copying large sections of his 2003 PhD thesis in law from previous publications, without proper reference.
Nature has seen documents compiled by an anonymous whistle-blower indicating that more than half of Ponta’s 432-page, Romanian-language thesis on the functioning of the International Criminal Court consists of duplicated text. Moreover, the thesis was republished with very minor amendments as a Romanian-language book in 2004, and also forms the basis of a 2010 book on liability in international humanitarian law.
Substantial sections of text in all three publications seem to be identical, or almost so, to material in monographs written in Romanian by law scholars Dumitru Diaconu and Vasile Creţu. They also feature direct Romanian translations of parts of an English-language publication by law scholar Ion Diaconu.
Romanian language article on the same subject here.
Jeez, I wonder who is going to go represent Romania at the European Council meeting on June 28 now? *mwahahaha*
UPDATE: You know, Basescu broke his silence for the first time last week and kept mocking Ponta by calling him “doctor”, ridiculing his degree (the one he “earned” with this plagiarized text). I just wonder… oh yes I do wonder, if it wasn’t one of Basescu’s people who whispered a word into Nature‘s ear.
As Coolio once said:
If you can’t stand the heat, get your ass out the kitchen!